Samsung round-screen Gear A smartwatch specs leak

For several months back there around the early part of the year, rumors had been landing pretty regularly about a round-screened Samsung smartwatch, codenamed Orbis and tipped to possibly launch as the Gear A. And while we’ve yet to see the wearable go official, or even get a look at the actual hardware, Samsung’s as good as confirmed the project, releasing an SDK for round-screened watches that identifies this circular form factor as the company’s choice for “the next Gear.” Now as we wait for an official announcement, a new leak attempts to give us a better idea of what to expect from the watch’s hardware.

Reportedly, the Gear A smartwatch will use an AMOLED panel for its circular display and be powered by a dual-core Exynos 3472 SoC. It will get 768MB of RAM, offer 4GB of native storage, and have its own GPS receiver. Samsung’s expected to go with Tizen instead of Android Wear for the watch’s OS, and at least some variants should have WiFi connectivity. Look for a 250mAh battery, integrated heart rate sensor, and both a bezel ring and digital crown for input.

As for that launch, the latest word is that we’re likely looking at the Gear A making its debut along the Galaxy Note 5 (and Galaxy S6 edge+?) at the company’s next Unpacked event. Rather than waiting until IFA, recent chatter has suggested that Samsung could instead host its announcement in mid-August.

Source: SamMobile

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